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STL Special Library Spotlight: Kranzberg Art & Arch. July 15, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.

Last week our class had the pleasure of touring the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library at Washington University. We were told of its recent move into a new building that was designed by Fumihiko Maki. The space was airy and well planned. The collection of 105,000 items is unfortunately divided because of a lack of shelf space, with a third of the collection being located in off-site storage.

We were able to view some of their more rare items, including books from the 16th century. We also learned that the library is still actively adding to the rare book collection. I think that aspect of working in this library would be the most interesting and pleasurable.

The library has an extensive outreach program. The staff attends faculty meetings to promote its resources. They also attend art functions on campus, present to classes, have office hours in the art department, and are integrating studio visits for students as well. KH



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